The festival

The Art Explora Festival is an itinerant festival that travels the world's seas and oceans with its museum boat, offering innovative artistic and cultural experiences accessible free of charge.
The festival takes place aboard the world's first museum ship, docked in exhibition pavilions and in various venues in the heart of host cities, with a program combining exhibitions, virtual reality, performances, conferences, film screenings, concerts...
From spring 2024 to autumn 2026, the museum boat will travel to 15 countries in the Mediterranean, cradle of great civilizations and melting pot of many cultures, bringing together artists, curators, cultural, associative and educational organizations who, collectively, will imagine a new vision of the Mediterranean.

The museum boat

This catamaran is the world's first museum boat. Designed by architects Axel de Beaufort and Guillaume Verdier, it is 47m long and 55m high. The boat was built at the Perini Navi shipyard in Italy. It can accommodate 2,000 people a day on board, and features an immersive exhibition designed with the exceptional collaboration of the Musée du Louvre, a sound experience developed with Ircam, and onboard artist residencies.


Wilmotte & Associés Architectes

Exhibition pavilions

Accompanying the museum boat, a nomadic and innovative exhibition space, designed by Wilmotte & Associés Architectes, is set up on the quaysides of the ports visited. Comprising exhibition pavilions, a central stage - the Agora - and convivial spaces, it offers a rich program adapted to all audiences.

Discover the pavilions

Dockside and city programming

At each stop, a local curator organizes a unique and varied cultural program in partnership with local institutions, associations and artists:

  • A 10-day program of exhibitions, events, film screenings and live performances in each port and in the city.
  • Close collaboration with local institutions, showcasing local and established Mediterranean artists as well as emerging talents, focusing on contemporary Mediterranean issues.
  • Series of workshops and programs for the general public designed in collaboration with local associations
  • "Ocean Week-ends" : Researchers, scientists and artists will be invited to exchange on the topic of the ocean and the climate emergency, accompanied by film screenings and the transmission of sound compositions.